Successful district projects may be adopted across Rajasthan
Impressed with the projects, Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje has asked the district collectors of Jalore, Banswara, Churu and Nagaur to keep the state principal secretary (planning) updated regarding their innovative initiatives, which include a mobile monitoring system for rural development projects (Jalore), a smart classroom project (Banswara) and an infection-free gift kit to girl child (Churu and Nagaur).
The four-day collector-superintendent of police conference was held at the state secretariat from July 22 to 25. Jalore district collector Jitendra Kumar Soni has launched a GPS-enabled mobile inspection and monitoring system to eliminate delays and errors in the government-run projects.
The hi-tech system, launched in January this year, helps keep track on projects in real time. Under the system, inspectors have been provided with a tab (mobile device). The tab helps capture the work stage details, images and videos with other relevant data, which can be transmitted to the concerced officials. Geo-tagging of work at various stages helps curb corruption and bring transparency. Besides, the system can generate inspection orders, which can be mailed to the concerned officials.
Raje also found Banswara collector Prakash Rajpurohi’s smart classroom project, being run in government schools of Banswara, interesting.
Going at par with the education at private schools and making education more interesting and interactive, the project is running presently at 55 government schools and benifitting students of class 11 to 12 in subjects like Mathematics, Science and General Knowledge.
The district administration targets to cover 100 schools by next month under the smart classroom project.
Nagaur collector Rajan Vishal launched the scheme of providing infection-free gift kit to newborn girl child in January 2015. The kit contained clothes for newborn in order to increase hygiene and cleanliness. The project is being run with the support of local NGOs and private companies. The scheme was also launched in Churu.
In addition to the infection free kit, the Nagaur administration has also released a booklet compiling 66 schemes of state and central governments related to children according to age and life cycle.
Delhi's air quality was in the satisfactory category on Friday morning as the minimum temperature was expected to be 27 degrees Celsius and the maximum 34 degrees Celsius. On Thursday, the average 24-hour AQI was 75 in the satisfactory category. An AQI between zero and 50 is considered good, 51 and 100 satisfactory, 101 and 200 moderate, 201 and 300 poor, 301 and 400 very poor, and 401 and 500 severe.
A massive fire broke out at Alento hotel near Gujarat's Jamnagar on Thursday night around 8pm. The fire was doused and brought under control, police officials said. Of these 20 were staff members and 27 were guests at the hotel, KK Babariya, a police official who was present at the spot said. Most of them were safely out of the hotel within minutes of the fire. The guests at the hotel mostly comprised of employees and visitors of these factories.
Free bus services will be provided for the public across Bengaluru on August 15 as India celebrates 75 years of independence, the Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corporation has announced. On Thursday, the BMTC issued a statement regarding their silver jubilee celebrations. The BMTC also announced that they will be offering 300 electric buses to the public which are going to be launched on August 14 at Vidhana Soudha of Bengaluru.
Highlighting that the COVID-19 positivity is on the rise, Karnataka Health Minister K Sudhakar on Thursday said only 17 per cent of people have taken booster shots, and urged all to get the additional dose of the vaccine. "Not taking the booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine even when it has been made available free for everyone amounts to negligence and we as responsible citizens must avail it to enhance immunity," Sudhakar said.
Three more witnesses, including two policemen, were examined in the Gauri Lankesh murder trial at the special court for Karnataka Control of Organised Crime on Thursday. Trial Judge CM Joshi presided over the trial. Police inspector Shiva Reddy, who arrived at the murder scene was examined by the special public prosecutor and also questioned by the defence. The second witness who was examined on Thursday was Public Works Department, assistant engineer, VN Kalageri.